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... quick trip. As usual reminded of the pull of the coast while enjoying the sunset off the deck of Scott and JoAnn's. Picked up a gallon of fresh oysters for family back in Austin since this is one of the "best" places to get fresh oysters.
From there drove the Bolivar Peninsula to catch the ferry over to Galveston. Couldn't help but notice how close the highway is to the ...
2/9 - 2/13/2014 Off to the Gulf Coast of Texas… Corpus Christi-Mustang Island and Galveston Island
We arrived at Mustang Island in the fog and will likely be in the fog for a week! Chilly temps. The beach is long & clean (tho I did pick up a penny with tiny shells stuck to the tar, Dan called it the BP Connection) …no mustangs tho, twas a loooong time ago when they roamed here. Even with the wind,fog & mist ...
after 6:00 pm on Christmas day for some Whiskey and Weed, but in the end we did
not make it, probably a mistake.
thing, Mark had a difficult time remembering talking to me at the FB, but them
soon remembered we talked of Canada and other things. Then when we returned to
FB he picked us up out of the crowd and then came over two see us, and him and
Jack joked about Canadians all night, and pointed up at us, plus the young
couples beside us ...
... a subdivision to see some models of houses that Marty and his wife had been looking at building. They were really nice, and apparently as cheap as buying an old house, so why wouldn't you build a new one? I like looking at houses, so that was fun for me too. Someday I'll invest in one. That night, I drove to my boss' place, about 30 minutes away on the map. It took about an hour to get there with all ...
... space that we squeezed the 5 bikes into and paid for 6 hours parking. We were going to eat at Fishtails Restaurant, directly opposite the pier, but the queue was 1h 15m wait. So, we crossed the road, and went to the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co restaurant on the beginning of the pier. LJ had the "Seafood Fiesta" which was fish, shrimps and Tosca Balls (fishy/crabby things) and fries. Dave had "Bucket of Boat Trash" which was big crab legs, shrimps and fish. Oh and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Harbor House Galveston
Harbor house heaven
This hotel has the best location for anyone embarking on a cruise ship! It is within walking distance to the ship terminal and you can leave your car in the parking lot for a small fee.
The decor lends itself to the warehouse it truly was with wood paneling and wooden bed frames. The staff was friendly and helpful. We had fresh towels daily and plenty of bathroom amenities. Yes, there is a coffee maker in every room!
We have stayed here for the past few years. There are restaurants, shopping and sight seeing nearby. The harbor view is lovely and you can watch the cruise ships dock (if you can get up early enough!) We will return again!
My husband and I stayed at the Harbor House in Galveston for my birthday at the end of April. The hotel was completely booked that weekend, and we were delighted to have a room. We had stayed at this hotel many years ago, and our stay could not have been better, but I believe ownership and management have changed hands since that time.
This is the place for a stay in the City of Galveston - rite next to the Historic, i.e. shopping, area and Seafood joints. The rooms are huge and the breakfast is good - served in the breakfast room available 24 hours for lounging.
The view of the harbor is excellent and if you have kids they love watching the super freighters, tugs and tankers. During the christmas season this is the place.
Would Definately Stay here again
We stayed here in late April of 2004. It was very quiet and peaceful. There were many wonderful restaurants located near the hotel, including a Starbucks and the Peanut Butter Factory. The hotel had an interesting nautical theme and had a great view of the harbor. There were not alot of people rustling around and it made for a great weekend. The rooms were very clean and the staff was very friendly from the moment we arrived. The continental breakfast was excellent all the mornings we were there and provided a wide variety of foods. This hotel was worth the money we paid for it and was located near the historic district. Overall, it was a very pretty hotel to stay at.
My wife and I stayed here on an overnight trip from Houston. I would have to describe staying here as a mixed bag. Yes the location is very convenient to the Strand and you are right on the harbor. The rooms are large and nicely appointed. The rate is decent even with the additional charge for parking. And it's definitely a plus to be able to use the pool at the Galvez. The Galvez has a very nice pool area complete with swim up bar (though I understand the bar is not always open) and you can walk across the street to get to the Gulf. On the negative, the service at the Harbor House leaves something to be desired. It's description as a "limited service" hotel is no joke! The whole staff needs customer service training. It was even more apparent after experiencing the first class service at the Galvez. The tv's are a bit small and I found the mattress to be a little soft though my wife didn't mind that. The continental breakfast complete with bitter coffee and Wal-Mart raisin bread (I saw the box) is nothng special. Maintenance is a little lacking-our toilet handle kept sticking and the air conditioner leaked and kept shutting on and off every few minutes. When I mentioned this to the staff, they got defensive. The Harbor House reputation for quietness is very real. We were watching tv in our room at around 11:30 pm when we got a knock on the door from security asking us to turn the volume down. They had gotten a complaint. We only had the sound up loud enough to be able to hear a news program while sitting in the sofa area located next to the air conditioner which is somewhat loud. If you want a quiet mostly adult place to stay in Galveston that is convenient to the Strand, I think the Harbor House is a pretty good value despite a few negatives.
The location was great! It was in a nicer area of Galveston and walking distance to the quaint shopping area downtown. Was not too impressed with room service. Don't expect much for their complimentary breakfast. I would suggest a walk across the street to Starbucks for a quick breakfast. There were no "black out" curtains which made it hard to sleep in and the TV was smaller than average. But overall with the price and the location, I would recommend it.
Unique Place to Stay
This is a charming restored-warehouse hotel located right on Galveston Bay. We have stayed there several times and have always enjoyed the spacious, nautical-themed rooms, each one with an excellent view. Harbor House is located close to the Stand area of Galveston, and is near several good restaurants, attractions, and cruise ships. I would highly recommend it.
A special place to stay in Galveston
We have just returned from a Royal Caribbean cruise.Our trip began with a delightful stay at the Harbor House.It is a perfect location for cruise pasengers.the terminal is in walking distance.If you have a room overlooking the terminal , you will see the ship from your room,a beautiful sight ! The staff are very helpful and pleasant Continental breakfast is served in a bright room on the second floor.You can walk to all the downtown attractions.We highly recommend the Harbor House
We were able to get into the Harbor House Hotel in Galveston Tx. on what is considered the worst weekend of the spring season there, beach weekend when about 100,000 to 150,000 students decend on the seawall side of the island for the rites of spring passage.We were greeted by a wonderful front desk person that had been on duty for two days due to not being able to leave the island because of the crowds. We were checked in quickly and advised not to try to eat or shop on the seawall side, and were given ideas and suggestions on where to go on the bay side of the island the selections that we choose from these ideas were great and we had a great 30th annv. dinner at Willie Gs . Upon reterning to our room we found it ready for use with a special surprise for are annv. Upon departing the next day for 5 days at sea we were able to leave our car on grounds for about a third of what it would cost us if we parked at the terminal. When we return for are next trip we for sure will stay at the Harbor House,
Warehouse on the dock
Excellent nautical ambience, with comfortable, spacious rooms overlooking the boats docked alongside; perfect location for enjoying the harborside life, and the lively Strand, the wonderfully compact downtown area of Galveston. On our recent visit, registration desk service was slow and inefficient...not bad, but slow.